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France's Royal, Sarkozy Head for Presidential Runoff

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France's Royal, Sarkozy Head for Presidential Runoff

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France's Royal, Sarkozy Head for Presidential Runoff

France's Royal, Sarkozy Head for Presidential Runoff

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With a record turnout, preliminary results show voters have selected Socialist Segolene Royal and Conservative Nicolas Sarkozy to face off in the France's second round of the presidential election.

Sarkozy, the former interior minister, won 30 percent of the vote, and Royal, who represents the Socialist Party, won 25 percent.

Pollsters had predicted that Royal and Sarkozy would prevail in this round. But there was also an unusually high number of undecided voters, which left doubts about whether one of the alternate candidates would bump Royal or Sarkozy out of the race. In the end, the potential spoilers, centrist Francois Bayrou and far right candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen, finished a distant third and fourth.

Royal and Sarkozy now have two weeks to convince voters he or she will make the better president. There was an unusually high turnout at the polls Sunday; the interior ministry says 45 million people had registered to vote and 86 percent cast a ballot.

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